• Short Summary

    ACCORDING TO THE HISTORIANS THE AGE OF STEAM IS PASSED; BUT NOT ACCORDING TO SOME FAIRGROUND ENTHUSIASTS WHO HAVE REVIVED THE ROMANCE OF STEAM BY ASSEMBLING ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF "PUFFING BILLIES" AT WHITE WALTHAM, IN BERSKSHIRE, SOUTHERN ENGLAND."
    THE STEAM ENGINES ARE NOT THOSE WHICH QUITE MADE HISTORY, BUT THE OLD BOILERS WHICH DID YEOMAN SERVICE IN DRIVING THE FAIRGROUND PLEASURES OF GRANDMAMA'S DAY.

  • Description

    ACCORDING TO THE HISTORIANS THE AGE OF STEAM IS PASSED; BUT NOT ACCORDING TO SOME FAIRGROUND ENTHUSIASTS WHO HAVE REVIVED THE ROMANCE OF STEAM BY ASSEMBLING ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF "PUFFING BILLIES" AT WHITE WALTHAM, IN BERSKSHIRE, SOUTHERN ENGLAND."
    THE STEAM ENGINES ARE NOT THOSE WHICH QUITE MADE HISTORY, BUT THE OLD BOILERS WHICH DID YEOMAN SERVICE IN DRIVING THE FAIRGROUND PLEASURES OF GRANDMAMA'S DAY.

    SUCH FAMOUS FAIRGROUND NAMES AS JAMES NOUCE'S "GOLDEN GALLOPERS", HARRY LEE'S "STEAM YACHTS", AND PERCY COLE'S "VENETIAN GONDOLAS" HAVE BEEN GILTED AND REPAINTED FOR THE OCCASION AT AMOUNTS RUNNING INTO GBP1500.

    A LONDON BUSINESS AND MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TRUST HAS LOANED 100 ACRES OF GROUND AT HIS HOME FOR THE FAIR WHERE THE STALLS AND ROUNDABOUTS WILL BE LIT, AS WELL AS POWERED, BY STEAM.

    ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS IT'S THE FIRST TIME FOR HALF-A-CENTURY THAT SO GREAT A NUMBER OF STEAM ENGINES HAVE BEEN GATHERED IN ONE PLACE - AND SOME OF THE SHOWGROUND VETERANS DATE BACK A CENTURY AND MORE.

    THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE OLD TIME FAIR, EVEN TO THE ROASTING OF WHOLE OXEN OVER A SPIT, HAS BEEN RE-CREATED AT WHITE WALTHAM. THERE'S A CIRCUS, AND A STEAM DRIVEN RAILWAY AS WELL AS A HORSE DRAWN FIRE ENGINE - COMPLETE WITH STEAM-DRIVEN PUMP; AND FOR THE TECHNICALLY MINDED ABIOSCOPE SHOWING SOME ANTIQUE FILMS.

    THE AGE OF STEAM MAY BE OVER, BUT FOR ONE WEEK IT WILL HAVE A NEW LEASE OF LIFE AS WHITE WALTHAM RESOUNDS TO THE THUMP OF THE STEAM-DRIVEN PISTONS AND FLY-WHEELS AND THE HONKEY-TONK BEAT OF THE FAIRGROUND ORGAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE96RC5MG1T8KKASZ4LXMJY23O
    Media URN:
    VLVAE96RC5MG1T8KKASZ4LXMJY23O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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